It's been a bad week for the Democratic Party and the Congressional Black Caucus. And the week ahead doesn't promise to be any rosier.
Literally within hours of Charlie Rangel's decision to be tried formally by a House ethics subcommittee for alleged wrongdoings, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) announced that she, too, will put her own personal interests over that of her party and face a public
airing of allegations of ethical malfeasance on her part.
Waters, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, has been charged with using her political clout to funnel $50 million in federal aid toward OneUnited, a black-owned bank in which her husband was a stockholder.
This latest announcement further weakens the re-election chances of fellow Democratic Congress members just 94 days out from midterm elections.
Meanwhile the chorus of Democrats calling for Rangel's resignation grew louder yesterday when an important voice joined in. That voice belonged to no less a figure than the president, who said he found the charges against the congressman "very troubling." Obama added, "He's somebody who's at the end of his career. I'm sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity."
Sorry, Mr. President, but I'm pretty sure that ship has sailed.
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